Day in history for January 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It will be noticed that the Rock Island rail road will probably be opened to Ottawa by the 1st of Feb. and to Peru by the 1st of March.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Works has been running night and day and even then has found it almost impossible to keep up with the orders.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Announcement has been made that essential frontage has been secured for completion of a new loop electric line to the bluff. This extension of the Tri-City Railway System will be known as the Long View Park Loop.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The grand jury, after three-and-a-half hours deliberation, has acquitted Edward Reed of Rock Island of manslaughter charges in the death of Michael McCoy in an auto accident near Taylor Ridge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cpl. Arlo Nash, son of F.B. Nash of Galva, earned top honors in the first class to graduate from the NCO school in Korea. This school, formed Dec. 19, was designed to teach potential leaders the tricks of combat and leadership.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A area wide strike by retail meatcutters was avoided this past weekend when negotiators for six Quad-City food chains and union representatives agreed upon a contract extension. The meatcutters three year contracts with Eagle, Jewel, Randall, A And P, Geifman and Kroeger, expired Saturday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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